How To Take a Break When You’re a Family Caregiver

In the past year, have you provided care for an adult or child with an illness, a disability or special needs? If so, you—and about 53 million other Americans—are considered family caregivers.

Family caregiving is work done above and beyond one’s usual household, child-rearing, and work responsibilities. For that and other reasons, it can be both mentally and physically exhausting. Put simply, caregivers need a break. We have a few ideas that can help you reclaim some of your time.

Consider respite care

If you look into assisted living and memory care communities in your area, you’ll find that many offer respite care. This means that the adult you’re caring for can live in the facility temporarily while you take a break or go on vacation. The staff—including nurses, aides, and other professionals—will provide the care and services needed. Your loved one will have access to the same dining, activities, and amenities that full-time residents enjoy.

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Find an adult day center

Adult day centers are growing in popularity. Sometimes called “adult day care,” these centers offer programs for attendees of differing abilities. The National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) says:

“They provide a program of activities, health monitoring, socialization, and assistance with daily activities which allows individuals to continue to live in their homes and receive needed care in a supportive, professionally staffed, community-based setting.”

Adult day centers usually offer flexible scheduling, so you can arrange your loved one’s attendance according to your needs. For more information, visit NADSA’s website.

Try home care services

Home care services provide a broad range of services, including social visits, help around the house, meal preparation, and medication reminders. Services can be provided wherever the person needing care lives. Some home care agencies, including Windward, also offer home health services—a big plus if your loved one’s health condition changes but they can continue living at home.

Our team can help

In addition to our home care and home health services, Windward offers care management. This is a helpful option for family caregivers who need help managing their loved one’s care, doctor visits, and other activities. Think of a care manager as a “general contractor” who knows the experts and services that are available, and will help you find and manage them.

Contact us and let us know how we can help you get the break you need.